REWALSAR LAKE

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Location: Mandi District, 24-km from Mandi town, Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 1,360m above sea level
Nearby Attraction: Three Buddhist Monasteries


Shaped quite like a square and with a shoreline of 7,35m, this dark jewel rests on a mountain spur and is protected by a variety of dense vegetation. The spot is held sacred by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike.

LEGEND OF REWALSAR LAKE
Rewalsar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh Legend has it that the great teacher and 'tantric', 'Padmasambhava' used his enormous powers to take flight to Tibet from Rewalsar. Also known as 'Guru Rimpoche', the "Precious Master". It was under Padmasambhava's influence that 'Mahayana' Buddhism took root in Tibet - and at Rewalsar waters, his spirit is said to reside in the tiny islands of floating reed that drift over the waters.

A RELIGIOUS HARMONY
There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar. Commemorating the month-long stay of Guru Gobind Singh in 1738, Rewalsar has a gurudwara that was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. Rewalsar has three Hindu temples, which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage "Lomas". A small zoo also is maintained near the lake.

The lake of 'Kunt Bhyog' (1,750m above sea level) lies above Rewalsar -as do six other lakes of legend. These are associated with the escapes of the 'Pandavas' from the burning palace of wax- an episode from the epic, Mahabharata.

HOW TO GET THERE

Road: Rewalsar is 24-km by road Mandi. Taxis and buses are also available at Mandi.

PLACES TO STAY

Accomodation is available at HPTDC's Hotel Rewalsar as well as at private sector Hotels and Rest Houses.



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